Become a Jesuit

The first stage of Jesuit formation, the novitiate is a two-year experience of prayer, community living, and apostolic service as men start their journey in the Society of Jesus.

New Novices 2020
First Year Novices at The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companion
Christopher Castaneda, nSJ

Murrieta, California

Christopher Castaneda, nSJ

Murrieta, California

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. Chris earned his professional engineering license in California and has worked as a design engineer, specializing in stormwater and water quality, for the past twelve years in the Inland Empire. He served as a sacristan and was involved in the Divine Mercy prayer group at his local parish. Chris enjoys playing/watching sports (especially soccer), fishing, and working out.

Cyrus Habib
Cyrus Habib, nSJ

Seattle, Washington

Cyrus Habib
Cyrus Habib, nSJ

Seattle, Washington

Cyrus earned a bachelor’s in English literature and Middle Eastern studies at Columbia University, a Master of Letters in English at Oxford and a law degree at Yale. Over the past decade he has practiced law, taught at Seattle University and served as a legislator and as the Lt. Governor of Washington state. An only child, his faith is rooted in the love he received from his parents, from the community of faith he found at Seattle’s St. James Cathedral Parish and from his desire to serve those on the margins. He enjoys music and books of all genres and traveling to new places.

Kevin Lee, nSJ

Charlottesville, Virginia

Kevin Lee, nSJ

Charlottesville, Virginia

Kevin is from Virginia, but has called five states home. After he graduated from the University of Virginia with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics, Kevin joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving as the youth minister at Dolores Mission Parish in Los Angeles. Kevin enjoys board games, video games and turning whatever he can find into a percussion instrument.

Humberto Lopez
Humberto Lopez, nSJ

Los Angeles, California

Humberto Lopez
Humberto Lopez, nSJ

Los Angeles, California

Humberto earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He has worked in sales for the past 10 years. As vice president of the Legion of Mary at St. Rose of Lima Church, he loved the opportunity of doing active apostolic work. Humberto enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Ed Mata, Jr.
Eduardo Mata, Jr, nSJ

San Francisco, California

Ed Mata, Jr.
Eduardo Mata, Jr, nSJ

San Francisco, California

Ed earned his bachelor’s in philosophy from the Jesuit’s Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines, which he attended since preschool. He volunteered in the Eversley Childs Sanitarium (Leprosarium) in Cebu, Philippines. After moving to California, Ed worked as an investment banker and then as a banker. He enjoys photography, hiking, lounging on the beach, taking road trips and playing with his bulldogs, Zeus and Chewie.

Tuan Anh Nguyen
Tuan Anh Nguyen, nSJ

San Jose, California

Tuan Anh Nguyen
Tuan Anh Nguyen, nSJ

San Jose, California

Tuan Anh graduated from San Francisco State University, where he received his bachelor’s in human physiology. He volunteered as a fifth-grade catechist and as a youth ministry leader at Most Holy Trinity Church and Our Lady of La Vang in San Jose, California. He enjoys writing poetry, cooking and photography.

Jose Oros, nSJ

Santa Maria, California

Jose Oros, nSJ

Santa Maria, California

Jose graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s in psychology. After graduation Jose worked at Catholic Charities as a client resources coordinator in assisting low-income families with basic needs and support. He volunteered in two of his local parishes, helping in confirmation, youth ministry and hospitality for Mass. Jose enjoys company with friends, grounding (a therapeutic technique for relaxation and reducing stress) at the beach and walking his pugs, Milo and Simba.

John Paul Kegod Sacedor
John Paul Kegod Sacedor, nSJ

Centralia, Washington

John Paul Kegod Sacedor
John Paul Kegod Sacedor, nSJ

Centralia, Washington

John Paul graduated from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in language and literature. There, he worked as a sacristan in the university chapel, where he also served as a choir member, lector and altar server. He was drawn to the Jesuits through the example of the priests at the Jesuit community in Davao. Previously, he volunteered as a catechist at St. Mary’s Parish in Centralia and as an assistant at the L’Arche community in Tacoma. He enjoys history, music and reading.

Jacob Valdez
Jacob Valdez, nSJ

McFarland, California

Jacob Valdez
Jacob Valdez, nSJ

McFarland, California

Jacob graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with a bachelor’s in history. While at UCSB, Jacob became actively involved at St. Mark’s University Parish by volunteering to teach First Communion classes, serving as sacristan and bringing communion to the sick. He enjoys reading, running and studying the history of the martyrs of El Salvador.

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